A safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve is a true bucket list experience. The levels of wildlife in this region are astonishing, and includes the largest population of lion in Kenya as well as all the Big Five. It’s also home to one of nature’s most remarkable events – the Great Migration.
Set within a natural playground of rolling grasslands, acacia trees and riverine forest, the Masai Mara offers a wildlife experience like no other. As well as being a top reserve to track the big cats, visitors to the Mara can encounter spotted hyenas, giraffes, gazelles, elephants, buffalo, black rhino and much more. Bird watching is also very rewarding, with approximately 450 different species sighted from hornbills to long-crested eagles.
Many visitors to the Masai Mara come to witness the annual Great Migration, which usually occurs between July and October. This incredible natural event sees over two million wildebeest flood the plains of the Mara from Tanzania’s Serengeti in a constant search of fresher pastures. The herds race across the plains and make dramatic river crossings which involve battling through the perilous waters of the Mara River.
If you’re looking for a unique way to witness the migration, why not opt for a hot air balloon safari which will give you a stunning view over the plains.
The reserve can get quite busy during peak season, so to avoid large crowds we recommend one of the private conservancies just outside the main reserve that have tighter controls over visitor numbers. This way you can enjoy the region’s prolific wildlife – and get a front row view of the migration – whilst minimising the level of crowding.